GB2351339A - Foot pedal control for a data input device - Google Patents

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GB2351339A
GB2351339A GB9914618A GB9914618A GB2351339A GB 2351339 A GB2351339 A GB 2351339A GB 9914618 A GB9914618 A GB 9914618A GB 9914618 A GB9914618 A GB 9914618A GB 2351339 A GB2351339 A GB 2351339A
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Zohra Rizvi
Oliver Rizvi
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Oliver Rizvi
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    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F3/00Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
    • G06F3/01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
    • G06F3/03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
    • G06F3/033Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor
    • G06F3/0334Foot operated pointing devices

Abstract

The foot control 7 is used to switch the functions of the hand operable keys 4 of a data input device such as a keyboard 3. In particular it may provide a shift key for switching between upper and lower case letters. The foot control may be in the form of a pedal comprising a pressure sensitive pad with a non-slip surface, and may be connected to the keyboard 3 or the associated computer 2 by a cable or an infra-red link.

Description

2351339 Foot Pedal control The invention relates to a foot pedal control

for use with a data input device which enables hand operable input keys of the data input device to be switched between one or more operational functions.

US Patent No. 5148152 describes a foot pedal control mechanism which simulates the foot pedal action for the control of the rudder control, braking and speed control of a computer simulation.

US Patent No. 5334997 describes a foot operated tSrack ball which can be utilised to alter the position of a computer cursor.

US Patent No. 4856069 describes a foot pedal which can be used by a typist to transmit audio messages and digital data between a typing station and an information storage and retrieval system.

Foot operated devices of the types mentioned above only allow for direct control of the operation of a computer, in parallel with the keyboard. They do not allow for the facility whereby a keyboard is adapted so that it can perform a different function on operation of the foot pedal.

The present invention seeks to provide a foot pedal which will allow a keyboard to switch between one operational state to another. This is a particularly advantageous feature for persons that are not trained touch typists or people with limited dexterity, as it reduces the difficulties associated with pressing the shift keys accurately with the little fingers of the left or right hand.

According to the present invention there is provided a foot pedal control for use with a data input device. wherein the foot pedal enables one or more hand operable keys of the data input device to be switched between a plurality of functions or operational states.

In a preferred embodiment the foot pedal allows f or a key on the keyboard to switch between a state whereby 2 the key provides f or the typing of characters in lower and upper case. The keyboard may be a keyboard f or an electric typewriter or it may be f or a computer keyboard or indeed the keyboard may be f or any keyboard operated device.

Preferred embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the drawings and will be described below. In said drawings:

Fig. 1 shows a computer with a keyboard which is attached to a foot pedal, and Fig. 2 shows an enlarged view of the f oot pedal as shown in figure 1 Figure 1 shows a computer arrangement 9 comprising a monitor 1 standing on a computer drive unit 2, with the monitor and drive unit being connected to a keyboard 3. The keyboard which is typically a QUERTY keyboard has general keys 4b as well as a shift key 4a which is typically situated towards the left hand side of the keyboard. However, it is envisaged that the shift key may be situated at any location on the keyboard. The foot pedal is connected to connecting element 6 such as an elongate lead 6 at a f irst lead end and a second lead end has attachment means 5 f or mating attachment with means on the keyboard. The mating attachment comprises a pin and socket attachment with the pin being situated at the second lead end of lead 6 and the socket being situated on the keyboard, however it is envisaged that in an alternative arrangement the socket may be on the elongate lead 6 with the pin being part of the keyboard. A foot pedal 8 is connected to the keyboard 3 by way of the lead 6. The surface of the foot pedal may have a non-slip coating which provides the computer operator with good foot contact with the foot pedal.

The keyboard has main keys 4b and also a shift key 4a. A mouse 10 is also attached to the keyboard. When a computer operator presses the shift key 4a in conjunction with another key on the keyboard 4b, then the key 4b can have a function in addition to that which it has when pressed without the shift key. For example, the shift key 3 enables character keys to operate in upper case, whereas if the character key is operated without the shift key, it will operate in lower case. Operation of two keys simultaneously can be difficult for individuals who are unaccustomed to touch typing and even for those that can touch type there is the likelihood that hand strain may occur due to having to reach between keys.

In the present invention the foot pedal 8 takes over the function of the shift key (or other keys) thereby reducing the problems mentioned.

In particular, the foot pedal would not have to be connected to the keyboard directly and it could be connected to the computer just like any other piece of hardware. It could be connected to the hard disk drive, for example by using a USB (Universal Serial Bus) cable. A program called an "extension" could be written which would be installed in the computer to configure the foot pedal with the computer so that the computer knows what the f cot pedal is and how to interpret the signals coming from the foot pedal. The use of the extension software would avoid the need for the keyboard to be modified so that it can be used with the foot pedal. Also, a control panel could be written into the computer and this control panel is a form of extension which allows the computer to chose the different options that the peripheral provides. The control panel for the foot pedal would let the user specify which key they operate. The system can also be used when other peripherals such as a CD drive or a ZIP drive is connected.

The invention has been described with reference to operation of the shift key but it may be used to operate any keys on the keyboard, for example, it may be used to control the "ALT" key or the "Control" key when used in conjunction with the function keys of the keyboard, thereby allowing the function keys to be switched between functions/operational states.

Further, although the invention has been described with reference to there being a direct contact between the 4 f oot pedal 8 and the keyboard 3 by way of a lead 6, it is envisaged that pressing of the foot pedal may cause an infra red or radio signal to be transmitted to a receiver on the key board or in f act on any part of the computer set up which in turn cause a key on the key board to be switched between functions.

Cl@ins A foot pedal control for use with a data input device, wherein the foot pedal enables one or more hand operable keys of the data input device to be switched between a plurality of functions or operational states.

2. A foot pedal control according to claim 1 wherein the data input device is a keyboard.

3. A foot pedal control according to claim 1 or claim 2 wherein one of the keys is a shift key for switching between lower and upper case letters.

4. A foot pedal control according to any preceding claim, wherein the foot pedal control comprises a pressure sensitive pad.

5. A f oot pedal control according to claims 1 to 3, wherein the foot pedal control comprises an infra red control.

6. A f oot pedal control according to any preceding claim having a non-slip surface providing contact with a foot operating the foot pedal control.

7. A foot pedal control for use with a data input device substantially as described herein with reference to, and as illustrated in, the accompanying drawings.

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US4426738A (en) * 1980-01-30 1984-01-17 Olympus Optical Company Limited Dictating machine
JPS60263221A (en) * 1984-06-11 1985-12-26 Nec Corp Input device
WO1989002369A1 (en) * 1987-09-15 1989-03-23 Michael Pham Improvements in or relating to keyboard systems
US5079536A (en) * 1990-03-05 1992-01-07 Chapman Emmett H Pressure transducer for musical instrument control
US5231163A (en) * 1988-08-05 1993-07-27 Idemitsu Petrochemical Company, Ltd. Polyarylene sulfide from aromatic compound having at least three functional groups
FR2708163A1 (en) * 1993-07-23 1995-01-27 Smidtas Serge Keyboard for using the functions of the telephone in parallel
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GB2045527A (en) * 1979-03-28 1980-10-29 Weatherley R The variable resistance pressure sensitive mat or switch
US4426738A (en) * 1980-01-30 1984-01-17 Olympus Optical Company Limited Dictating machine
JPS60263221A (en) * 1984-06-11 1985-12-26 Nec Corp Input device
WO1989002369A1 (en) * 1987-09-15 1989-03-23 Michael Pham Improvements in or relating to keyboard systems
US5231163A (en) * 1988-08-05 1993-07-27 Idemitsu Petrochemical Company, Ltd. Polyarylene sulfide from aromatic compound having at least three functional groups
US5079536A (en) * 1990-03-05 1992-01-07 Chapman Emmett H Pressure transducer for musical instrument control
FR2708163A1 (en) * 1993-07-23 1995-01-27 Smidtas Serge Keyboard for using the functions of the telephone in parallel
US5751274A (en) * 1995-09-14 1998-05-12 Davis; Michael Foot-operable cursor control device

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
FR2860675A1 (en) * 2003-10-03 2005-04-08 Marie Madeleine Renee Bernard Interactive communication providing process for telecommunication application, involves pushing share button by remote user for local user to remotely view document field identical with time

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